15 things you probably didn't know about 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

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  • "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" made its Netflix debut in 2018 and is getting a sequel on February 12

  • Some of the fashions in the film were inspired by "Clueless." 

  • Noah Centineo said he would eat a bunch of cheeseburgers before filming kissing scenes with Lana Condor. 

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"To All the Boys I've Loved Before" has been out for over a year, but there are probably a few fun facts that even dedicated fans don't know about it. 

The Netflix original rom-com, which stars Lana Condor as Lara Jean and Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky, is getting a sequel ("To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You") on February 12 — but before its release, let's look back on the original flick. 

Here are some interesting things you might not have known about "To All the Boys I've Loved Before."

Condor said she didn't want to run lines with Centineo when they first met.

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor

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Condor and Centineo first met while auditioning for the film and it didn't go too smoothly. 

"For the pre-read, when I first met Noah and he asked me to read lines with him, I was sitting in the waiting room. And I saw this beautiful tall man walk through the door. I immediately clocked that he clocked me, and he walked over to me. And I was like, 'No, don't come over here. Don't come over here. Don't come over here. I have to focus,'" Condor told Vulture.

"So when he asked me to read lines with him — and, you know, Noah is so swaggy, he's so chill and so cool — he was like, 'You wanna read lines with me?' and I just said, 'Yeah, sorry, no.' I just wanted to focus, and I didn't want to get distracted by this cute guy," she added 

The lock-screen photo from the movie wasn't staged.

To all the boys
To all the boys

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Director Susan Johnson told Entertainment Tonight that the photo is actually quite authentic.

"That was actually one of our crew members who took that photo. The two of them [Condor and Centineo] were in the green room on set at the high-school location, in the area where we put the actors," she said. 

"They actually were sleeping on the couch in that room like that, so we just stood over them and took that picture and it's so friggin' cute," Johnson added. 

Kitty wore a gold "Feminist" necklace throughout the entire movie.

to all the boys i've loved before
to all the boys i've loved before

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Anna Cathcart, who played Kitty Covey, told Vulture that the necklace was an integral part of who her character was.

"At the very end of the shoot, they let me keep it, which was super special, and I thought it was awesome because it was so iconic to Kitty. She definitely expresses herself through fashion. She puts on whatever she wants depending on her mood," Cathcart said. 

Kitty's necklace was far from the only meaningful jewelry worn by the Covey sisters.

To all the boys
To all the boys

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Costume designer Rafaella Rabinovich told Vox she put a lot of thought into the details of her costume choices, especially the Covery sister's jewelry.

"Lara Jean has this heart locket that she wears often throughout the movie, and Margot has a key, and it's a play on the fact that she's the key to Lara Jean's heart. When Margot leaves to go to Scotland, she wears an Aries necklace, which is a bit of a play on the fact that she's going off and Aries are known to be free-spirited and playful," she explained. "Then when she comes back, she has a compass necklace on for coming home."

 

The clothes in the movie are inspired by classic films like "Clueless."

Lana Condor To All The Boys Ive Loved Before
Lana Condor To All The Boys Ive Loved Before

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Rabinovich told Vox that she drew inspiration for the film's costumes from many other films and TV shows. 

"Alicia Silverstone in 'Clueless' was a huge inspiration. Not necessarily in the exact colors and cuts, but something about the texture and something about the vibe, and just the different choices that had been made in those combinations were inspiring," she told Vox. 

"I also looked at Claire Danes in the '90s, at Winona Ryder in the '90s. I also looked a little bit, even though it went into the 2000s, at 'Sex and the City,' especially the first season. There's such beautiful work there of, yes, following fashion, but at the same time following your inner instinct and style and where it is that you come from," she added. 

The unicorn from the Covey sisters' fight scene has a name.

To all the boys ive loved before
To all the boys ive loved before

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Cathcart told Tiger Beat magazine that the unicorn's name is Rodolpho.

 

The character at the end of the film is John Ambrose McLaren — and he'll be played by someone else in the sequel.

To All the boys ive loved before
To All the boys ive loved before

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For anyone who hasn't read the books by Jenny Han that inspired the film, the guy in the post-credit scene is John Ambrose McLaren — none other than Lara Jean's childhood Model UN crush.

He's played by Jordan Burtchett in the tail-end of the first film, but he's been recast. In the second film,  he will be played by Jordan Fisher. 

All three Covey sisters still text and chat in real life.

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covey sisters

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In an interview with Vulture, Cathcart shared that she, Condor, and Janel Parrish (who played Margot) got very close on set.

Cathcart said, "We were so close and so comfortable with each other and always making each other giggle. It was great. We became like real-life sisters and would always hang out on and off-set. We still keep in contact. We have our Covey sister group chat, and we are always texting. I love them so much."

 

Han said she was sad that one particular scene from her book wasn't in the film.

To All The Boys i've loved before Noah Centineo Lana Condor selfie
To All The Boys i've loved before Noah Centineo Lana Condor selfie

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In the first book, there's a Halloween party where Peter shows up as Spider-Man and Lara Jean shows up as Cho Chang from the "Harry Potter" series.

Han explained to Shine On Media, that the scene was left out because there were licensing issues to consider.

Some of your favorite bits of the movie were improvised by various cast members.

ski trip lara jean to all the boys i've loved before
ski trip lara jean to all the boys i've loved before

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Centineo famously improvised carefully moving the popcorn out of the way when he knew the pillow fight was about to break out. It was also his idea to have Peter "pocket-spin" Lara Jean.

But he wasn't the only improviser on set — Madeleine Arthur (who played Christine) told Shine On Media that the chatting and joking going into the ski lodge was completely unscripted as well.

 

Emilija Baranac, who played Gen, said he character was inspired by "Mean Girls" icon Regina George.

Gen to all the boys ive loved before
Gen to all the boys ive loved before

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Emilija Baranac told Shine On Media that she's pretty sure she's a nice girl in real life, so to play Gen she took inspiration from Rachel McAdams's performance as Regina George in "Mean Girls."

Han said that when she was shopping the film's script around, some studios wanted to whitewash Lara Jean.

lara jean to all the boys i've loved before
lara jean to all the boys i've loved before

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But Han insisted that an Asian American actress should play the part of Lara Jean.

She told People magazine, "I just hope that if movies like mine and 'Crazy Rich Asians' do well, we'll see more getting made. That means more points of view and more stories told."

Eventually, Will Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment, entered the picture, and the rest is history.

 

 

The hot-tub scene was actually shot in 95-degree weather.

Lana and Noah
Lana and Noah

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Johnson told Shine On Media that the crew used dry ice to make all the steam. Also, the snow surrounding the hot tub is fake. 

Han made a brief appearance in the film.

jenny han cameo to all the boys
jenny han cameo to all the boys

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Han appears in the background of the school dance. 

 

Centineo said he ate a whole bunch of cheeseburgers before he filmed big kissing scenes with Condor.

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TATBILB

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It turns out Centineo and Condor ate cheeseburgers before their big on-screen moment.

Centineo told Shine On Media that the secret behind the iconic kissing scene was, "No mints, all cheese."

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